Clemson’s Board of Trustees is committed to the ACC – for now.
Following two weeks of rumor and conjecture surrounding the program’s ACC future – and a potential jump to the Big 12 – the board met in executive session Thursday to discuss information connected to expansion.
BOT chairman David Wilkins said Clemson has not had contact with any other conference.
“This board is going to do what’s in the best interest of Clemson University,” Wilkins told reporters following the meeting in Columbia. “Every decision we make is based on that – what’s best for Clemson. If we receive a viable option, a viable proposal presented to us by any league, this board has the responsibility to consider it, and we will consider it. Until then we’re committed to work and we will work to make the ACC the strongest conference possible.”
Wilkins said Thursday’s meeting was designed to discuss the ACC’s new TV contract, which will pay schools an average of $17 million per year, as well dispel rumors and mistruths about expansion.
“We had some good discussions about that, and heard from President (James Barker) about it,” Wilkins said. “There’s been a lot of enthusiasm and excitement from fans, and we’re all fans too.”
Wilkins added that the board is “passionate about sports at Clemson,” football included, and “wants Clemson athletics to be the best it can be – the best in the country, we’re committed to that.”
When asked what a “serious proposal” from another league would entail, Wilkins said “we’ll have to make that decision when we get it.”
“We haven’t received one, and don’t have any information to lead us to believe that we’ll receive one, but if we do, we’ll consider it,” he said. “In the meantime, we still continue to be committed to making the ACC the strongest conference possible.”
In other news, he added that Clemson is close to a contract extension with head football coach Dabo Swinney. Swinney, who is expected to make approximately $1.9 million next fall, has three years left on his current deal.
“We’re having serious discussions,” Wilkins said. “We’re very close to coming to an agreement.”